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By Jamie Arrowsmith Tuesday 08 January 2013 Updated: 09/01 12:28
Deeside Dragons 6 Solihull Barons 4
National Ice Hockey League North Two
BARONS were forced to return home empty handed from Deeside on Sunday night on what proved a disappointing evening for the visitors.
The night got off to a positive start for the visitors as they dominated the early stages, highlighted by Chris Allen opening the scoring in the fifth minute.
Deeside drew level against the run of play but Rich Slater restored the lead in the 11th minute with Allen claiming the assist.
Allen's influence on the game continued as he scored his second of the night less than a minute later as Barons took a 3-1 lead.
That was to be as good as it got for the visitors though as the longer the game wore on, the more Barons' defensive frailties began to show.
James Parsons reduced the deficit to a single goal going into the second period during which Barons had a five on three powerplay but they were unable to make the advantage count.
Deeside scored twice without reply to take the advantage for the first time in the game and if the large travelling support were hoping for a Barons revival they were left disappointed.
Two more goals for the Dragons put the result beyond doubt before Rich Slater added a consolation with a late powerplay goal.
Whilst an undoubted set back, Barons take to home ice against the Sheffield Senators on Sunday (6pm), hopeful of getting back to winning ways. The game will also support The Friends of Solihull Hospital and a big home crowd is expected to roar Barons on.
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